August 1, 2013

Our Weekly Food Purchases!

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV

We are called to be holy. Immediately this makes me think that we are called to be perfect, so I failed that one completely. But that's not the case: perfection; it's not what we are called to possess. I'm going though a devotional of 1 Peter on my phone called She Reads Truth. The writer says it beautifully:

"The Lord doesn’t call us to be something we cannot be. We cannot be perfect. But we can be set apart, just as Peter was... Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ. "

It's a relief, a blessing, knowing that we aren't called to be perfect. Jesus is perfect, we aren't Jesus - but we can live by His example!

I really enjoy seeing what people buy each week for their family's consumption. Recently I saw "What the World Eats" on Time magazine's website, and to be honest, it broke my heart into bits. First I was mad, because so many of us in the world eat complete garbage (I mean the processed "foods" in rainbow colored packaging) and then I saw how much junk we eat in very, very large quantities compared to how little food other families have in different countries around the world. It's insane. Please go see for yourselves and talk about the madness!

Anyhow, I decided to finally get all our food that we eat in a week (mind you, some of the bananas are frozen by the end of the week - but this past week none got frozen, we actually almost ran out but thankfully once I used the last ones I opened up a cupboard full of the used-to-be-green guys and they were all spotted and soft for eating! Woopa!) in one snapshot. We go to Costco, and a nearby grocery store.

Organic: all greens (spinach, kale, lettuces), berries, broccoli, potatoes, carrots.
Conventional: oranges, pineapple, melon, bananas, avocado, mango (unless the Asian market has cheap organic ones!)
Hot House Grown: cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes - we purchase hot house instead of organic since we love these foods and buying large quantities in organic would be madness expensive. Hot house grown fruits and vegetables are only sprayed with pesticides as a last resort and therefore are good choices when you cannot afford or choose not to buy organic! 

We spend about $120-$140 a week on groceries. We almost never go out to eat (we went for my hub's birthday last week for sushi, and try to do date night with a meal every other month) and we enjoy spending money on our produce! You have to decide what you're going to spend your money on, and this is where most of ours goes. Our health is in God's hands, this we trust and know. Eating kale doesn't make you immune to all the sickness and disease out there, but we like to believe that buy not buying 10 frozen meals for $10, we are preventing illnesses that could creep up on us in the future - which always come with a price.

Spend the money now. or spend it later, you choose!


  1. This is great, thanks for sharing! Any tips of keeping produce fresh longer?


    1. Reena,

      My biggest tip is to just buy what you're going to eat for the week! If you're not sure if you will go through it all before it spoils, just buy less. Once you find yourself needing to make an early trip to the store, you know you need to buy more food. It sounds simple, but that's because it is! We never have food go bad unless I keep saying, "oh, I'll eat that tomorrow....." When something looks really ripe and ready to eat.

      Also: become friends with your fridge and freezer. All of our produce, well, most of it anyway (almost all fruits, and tomatoes and bell pepper) is left out or in cabinets until it is REALLY ripe, then it all goes in the fridge (fruit) or freezer (bananas).

      I'm planning on doing a post about how we store our food and keep it fresh for the week :) thanks for the idea!